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King Air Turns 50

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

Beechcraft Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its King Air Model 90 with a flight of three King Air models flying over Beech Field. “It’s a great day for Beechcraft,” Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said. The first flight of the King Air on Jan. 20, 1964, was a milestone for the [...]

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Museum: Iconic Spruce Goose is Safe

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

Bob Lyon remembers the day he met Howard Hughes. He also recalls when Hughes nearly crashed a plane into his boyhood home. Nearly 40 years after Hughes died, Lyon’s life still crosses paths with the eccentric billionaire. Lyon has found himself in the center of a dispute over Hughes’ gigantic, bizarre wooden seaplane nicknamed the [...]

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Stallion 51, Mercy Flight Offer Raffle

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

If you’d like to fly a North American P-51 Mustang, then Stallion 51 has a deal for you. For only $20 per ticket, the Florida-based company is sponsoring a raffle, benefitting Mercy Flight Southeast, that will award the lucky winner a half-day P-51 orientation experience at Kissimmee Gateway Airport plus round-trip airfare to Orlando up [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Glenn Luther Martin, American aviation pioneer; he would later found the Glenn L. Martin Co. His legacy survives today as part of Lockheed Martin Corp. 1902 – Gustave Whitehead flies his Whitehead Aeroplane No. 22 flying boat on a 7-mile flight over Long Island Sound in New York and lands safely. [...]

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Bahrain International Airshow Opens

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

Stunt pilots, fighter jets and parachute display teams took to the skies yesterday for the opening of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) at the island country’s Sakhir Air Base. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, officially opened the three-day show at Sakhir Airbase. He [...]

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Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world. Popularly known as the “Beluga,” because of its strong resemblance to the white Arctic whale, the Airbus A300-600ST (ST stands for Super Transporter) is unique not only in appearance, but also for the essential [...]

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Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., a military spokesman said Thursday. The Sikorsky MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor. 1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on [...]

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